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Rock Carvings in Tanum

Sweden
Factors affecting the property in 1999*
  • Ground transport infrastructure
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
E6 road upgrading project
International Assistance: requests for the property until 1999
Requests approved: 0
Total amount approved : 0 USD
Missions to the property until 1999**
Information presented to the Bureau of the World Heritage Committee in 1999

Summary of previous deliberations: The Committee at its twenty-second session expressed its appreciation of the fact that it was consulted by the Government of Sweden on the project for the upgrading of a road that would have a possible impact on the World Heritage site. It recommended the State Party to study specific alternative solutions for the road and requested the State Party to present a progress report by 15 April 1999, to be examined by the Bureau at its twenty-third session.

New information: On 13 April 1999, the Ministry of Culture of Sweden informed the Secretariat that environmental impact studies for the different alternatives for the road upgrading have been completed as well as a specific study on the possible impact on the cultural values of the World Heritage site of Tanum. These studies will go through a consultative process before any decision is taken about the choice of the routing of the road. It is stated that the opinions expressed by the WHC-ICOMOS mission and the World Heritage Committee are valuable contributions to the process to determine the location for the new E6 road in the Tanum area.

Action Required

The Bureau takes note of the information provided by the Ministry of Culture of Sweden on the process of studies and decision making on the road upgrading in the Tanum area. It requests the Government to keep the Committee and its Bureau informed on further developments in this matter.

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1999
23 BUR IV.B.82
Rock Carvings in Tanum (Sweden)

On 13 April 1999, the Ministry of Culture of Sweden informed the Secretariat that environmental impact studies for the different alternatives for the road upgrading had been completed as well as a specific study on the possible impact on the cultural values of the World Heritage site of Tanum. These studies will go through a consultative process before any decision is taken about the choice of the routing of the road. It is stated that the opinions expressed by the WHC-ICOMOS mission and the World Heritage Committee are valuable contributions to the process to determine the location for the new E6 road in the Tanum area.

ICOMOS advised that of the two alternative proposals identified in the studies for further consideration, only one (the so-called Red Route 4) would have a minimal impact on the World Heritage values of the site. The impact of the second alternative under consideration (the so-called Route 23) would still be undesirable on what is in effect a major cultural landscape.

The Observer of Sweden remarked that the consultation process had not been concluded and that the decision making stage had not yet been reached.

The Bureau thanked the State Party for its continued efforts to ensure that the upgrading of the E6 road, which is still under consideration by the Swedish authorities, should make the minimum impact on the World Heritage site. It expressed its support for Red Route 4, favoured by the joint ICOMOS-UNESCO mission in September 1998, and requested the Government to keep the Committee and its Bureau informed on further developments in this matter.

Report year: 1999
Sweden
Date of Inscription: 1994
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (i)(iii)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 23COM (1999)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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